Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern women's basketball team will host Drury (4-1) Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. in their final home nonconference matchup of the year.
The Lions (5-1) are coming off a pair of victories over the weekend at the Pizza Hut/ Fairfield Inn Thanksgiving Classic hosted by Missouri Southern over NAIA members Avila University and Evangel University.
Southern defeated the Avila Eagles 60-38 Friday evening in their first game of the Classic. Led by 12 points apiece from junior center Shonte Clay and junior forward Dominique Mosley, the Lions used a strong second half to distance themselves from the Eagles. Only up five at halftime, the Lions shot 12-27 (.444) from the field in the second half to outscore the Eagles 35-17 in the second half.
Coming back on Saturday afternoon, the Lions defeated Evangel University 66-58. Led by a career-high 13 points from Clay and 12 points from senior forward Erin Rice, a tight-fought game came down to the end where Rice hit a jumper with 2:00 remaining to keep the Lions up by five and seal the eight-point win for the Lions.
Clay and Mosley were selected to the All-Tournament for their performances on the weekend. The pair combined for 44 points and 23 rebounds in two games.
The Lions have had great scoring balance throughout the first six games of the year as seven Lions average 6.0 pts. or more, led by leading scorer Clay with 10.2 points per game. She is also averaging a team-leading 6.8 rebounds a game.
Getting off to a 4-1 start to the year and appearing in the USA Today/ ESPN Division II women's basketball Top 25 for one week, the Panthers are coming off a 65-57 win at home over MIAA member Northeastern State Wednesday.
Drury is led in scoring by junior guard Bethanie Funderburk who leads the Panthers with 15.0 pts. per game, while senior guard Katie Fritchard is second on the team averaging 14.0 pts per game. Sophomore center Emilie Gray is the third Panther to average double figures per game averaging 10.8 pts. per game.
Saturday afternoon's game can be heard live on KZYM-AM 1230 The Talker.